Serv. (MB) 84 (2007) (rejecting counsel's argument that a micro-market, such as the Longshore claimants' bar, cannot set the prevailing community rate), overruled in pert, part by Van Skike v.
Serv. (MB) 156 (2009) (board awarded claimant's DC-based appellate counsel $460/hr based on the Laffey Matrix, in addition to other evidence); overruling D.V.
Serv. Employers Int'l, Inc., 2009-LDA-313, 2009-LDA-426, slip op.
According to Jim McHale, SERVS manager, capital expenditures for the system since 1989 have exceeded $200 million, and SERVS consumes about $50 million per year in operation and maintenance costs.
SERVS deployment includes equipment stationed at key locations around Prince William Sound.
Although SERVS had its beginning in 1989, the comprehensive plan which governs its operations did not receive final approval until June 1991.
Furthermore, SERVS' procedures are still changing and developing, according to McHale.
SERVS now has contracts with the shippers to assume that responsibility.
In addition to the adaptations retro-fitted to existing equipment, SERVS is awaiting the arrival of a new tug and a new barge.